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Jack Shea dies at 84; sitcom director, ex-Directors Guild chief
Jack Shea dies at 84; sitcom director, ex-Directors Guild chief

Jack Shea, a Hollywood veteran who directed popular sitcoms such as "The Jeffersons" and who, as president of the Directors Guild of America, forcefully argued for minority hiring and local production, has died. He was 84. Shea's death Sunday at a Tarzana care facility was caused by complications from Alzheimer's disease, a family spokesman said. His first TV directing gig came when he was 27, a frightened novice who suddenly was asked to fill in when the director of the game show "Truth or Consequences" called in sick. Over the years, he directed 110 episodes of "The Jeffersons," 91 of "Silver Spoons," 15 of "Sanford and Son"...

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